August 20, 2017 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Today’s Reading from the Gospel of Matthew, [Mt. 15:21-28] the account of Jesus and the Canaanite woman, is one of the rare encounters of Jesus with Gentiles. As you all heard earlier, when Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon, [Mt. 15:21] in Southern Phoenicia, He was approached...

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August 13, 2017 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Every hospital bed is a little boat floating alone on a vast and dangerous sea. It is little because it is entirely at the mercy of the waves, defenseless. It is alone because it is little; there is room for only one passenger. Family members can come and sit on...

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August 6, 2017 Transfiguration Homily

Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This feast recalls Jesus’ glorification before his crucifixion. We not only remember this event in the life of Jesus and his followers, but the deeper meaning of this event is that Christ rules all creation. The first reading from...

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July 31, 2017 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

This is the third week in a row that Jesus offers the crowds a parable containing the image of a field. First there was the field in which the seed of God’s word was sown. Then came the field into which the enemy sowed the darnel seeds. This week we...

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July 23.2017 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The gospel tells us of a field. The field is the world. Jesus is the master of the field. Jesus sows seed – good seed, of course – the subjects of the kingdom. Hopefully that’s us. The seed grows and matures until the harvest. At the end of time the...

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July 16,2017 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

We are advised to take care of our heart, to watch our diet, to exercise, to undergo cardiovascular screening. But there is another heart, our spiritual heart. Jesus spoke often about our spiritual heart. Let us listen to some of what Jesus said about our heart: This people honors me...

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July 9, 2017 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The simplest truths are, sometimes, the deepest truths. Because such truths seem so simple and too familiar, sometimes, we take them for granted. In today’s Gospel Reading, we have such truths, with Jesus saying: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will...

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July 2, 2017, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

It appears that summer has finally arrived in the Flathead Valley! And with that comes warmer temperatures, sunny days, and visitors. It is a season of patience with increased traffic, longer lines, and waiting. It is easy to forget that the beauty we appreciate belongs to everybody, not just those...

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June 25, 2017 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

A martyr is one who gives his life for Christ and his Church. In every age the Church has brought forth many martyrs – men, women, and children – who surrendered their lives rather than deny the Master. These Christians chose to accept being thrown to the lions, crucified, beheaded,...

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June 18, 2017 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Homily

The miracle, that God gave his people manna from heaven to eat is wonderful indeed but is it any more wonderful than that he gave them oxygen to breathe or sunlight to walk in? We tend to classify the gifts of God according to how often he gives them to...

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